Building A Dialogue

December 5, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Boston Phoenix

In the November 21 edition of the Phoenix, reporter David S. Bernstein makes a number of assertions about the Muslim American Society of Boston (MAS Boston) and the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury, claiming they are indifferent to the welfare and pluralism of Roxbury, and Boston in general. (See “Menino’s Mosque,” News and Features.) We interfaith, civic, and academic leaders want to make clear that in our experience MAS Boston has shown a commitment to and history of working substantively with its partners in various areas of city life, ranging from health care, to economic well-being, to building interfaith and interethnic understanding, to immigrants’ rights, to the No on 1 campaign, to workers’ rights, to anti-hunger work, to working against the impact of gambling on the vulnerable amongst us, and much more. Much of this work has been covered in the media over the past couple of years. Additionally, we applaud Mayor Menino’s commitment to, and involvement in, leading efforts on behalf of diversity, tolerance, and interfaith understanding in Boston and beyond, and thus the article’s attempt to malign the mayor is offensive.